Justus von Liebig: Feeding billions of people

“KABOOOM!”is what Justus von Liebig (1803 – 1873) heard when he first blew up some Silver Fulminate as a kid in Darmstadt, Germany. He was just as quickly thrown out of school and was not exactly unhappy with it. School was boring. But still, this small kid would become one of the Worlds most important scientists of all time. Although …

Skipping ranks: WW1 legend John Pershing

John Jack Pershing

John Jack Pershing (1860-1948) was the leading American general of the First World War (1914-1918). Unbeknownst to many, he had a huge break in 1906. He was directly promoted from Captain to Brigadier General by President Theodore Roosevelt. Fun fact: They were friends… Pershing not only skipped 3 ranks but also more than 800 other senior officers, who hoped for …

Trajan’s Market: At the mall. 2000 years ago.

Trajan’s market is the World’s first known place, which could be compared to a modern day shopping mall. It is still standing in Rome, right besides the Coliseum. In its prime it used to host around 150 shops over several floors. Shopkeepers would display the merchandise from the store front. Customers were not able to walk into the store. Today, …